2 CN workers injured as train, truck collide in northern B.C.
Source: CBC
Published: April 8th 2008

Two CN Rail workers were injured when a freight train in northern B.C., collided with a truck and pushed it for hundreds of metres down the track Monday morning.

The two men were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries, a CN spokeswoman said, and investigators are now trying to determine why the CN work truck drove through a stop sign and collided with the train.

"We know the truck went through the crossing as the train approached, in spite of the rail warning signs and the stop sign," said Kelli Svendsen.

"Why the truck went past the crossing is the focus of our investigation."

Shortly after 9 a.m., the Prince George emergency centre received a report of a collision on Hart Lake Road in Bear Lake, approximately 75 kilometres north of Prince George, North District RCMP said.

The south-bound train collided with the east-bound truck and then pushed it down the track about 400 metres, RCMP spokesman Const. Craig Douglass said.

The two men on the truck were taken to Prince George Regional Hospital for treatment, he said.